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Link Saturday, 07/17/1999
Oswego County Airport, Volney, NY

Soundcheck: Mr. Sausage, Beauty of My Dreams, Carini (slower)

Set 1: Tube > Boogie OnBoogie On Reggae Woman, BOAFBirds of a Feather, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, MSOMy Sweet One, Roggae, Tweezer -> Have Mercy -> Taste > Character Zero

Set 2: Funky Bitch[1], On My Knees[2], Jam > DwDDown with Disease, Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother -> Sneakin' SallySneakin' Sally Through the Alley[3] > TimberTimber (Jerry), YEMYou Enjoy Myself

Encore: CoilThe Squirming Coil, TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] Son Seals on guitar and vocals.
[2] Phish debut; Son Seals on guitar and vocals.
[3] No vocal jam.

· You Better Believe It Baby tease in Down with Disease

Noteworthy Jams: Tube, Tweezer, Taste, Jam, Down with Disease, Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Timber (Jerry)

Average Song Gap: 27.79

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Son Seals (Guest)

Notes: This was the first show of the Camp Oswego festival. Have Mercy was played for the first time since November 12, 1994 (335 shows). Son Seals sat in on guitar and vocals for his own composition, Funky Bitch, as well as the Phish debut of On My Knees. Afterwards, a brief blues jam was played as Son left the stage. DWD included a You Better Believe It Baby tease from Mike. Sneakin' Sally did not contain a vocal jam.

Song Distribution:
3 A Picture of Nectar
2 The Story of the Ghost
2 Billy Breathes
2 Stash
2 Hoist
2 Lawn Boy
1 Junta
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1999 Summer U.S. Tour."

, attached to 1999-07-17 Permalink
(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

I had an absolute blast at Oswego. I've yet to miss a festival, from Clifford Ball up through IT, and Oswego may have been the best overall experience. Sure there was traffic getting in, but I've dealt with worse (hello Cypress, IT), and sure it was H-O-T, but that's better than rain in my books. Fact is the site was laid out beautifully, the people were friendly, and the music was stellar.
Musical highlights from the first day included a great "Tube" opener, a lovely "Tweezer" -> "Have Mercy", a guest appearance by Son Seals, and a meaty "Wolfman's" -> "Sneaking Sally" -> "Timber". Very high energy stuff that had everyone spilling out into the (by now) very familiar runway city to party with grins on their faces.
Day two is really where its at, though. Bluegrass fans will definitely want to seek out the first set, which features a ton of Del McCoury band collaboration. But don't overlook the "Bathtub". Eighteen minutes of bliss, as per usual.
Set II was a Summer `95 throwback in the early stages. This is an excellent "Runaway Jim", nice and long and experimental, complete with a flawless transition into a bomb-filled "Free". The "Meatstick" dance fiasco kind of soaked up the rest of the set, and it never materialized into any more big jams, but by this point it didn't really matter. I had a huge grin on my face when the second set came, and the sun had gone down, and we were all nice and comfortable.
Now, my friends and I had come prepared to Oswego, after having negotiated the Ball, Went and Wheel the years previous. Remembering Blow-Pop guy (25 cents for a Blow Pop) from Lemonwheel, we stocked up on Blow Pops (and other fun props) to sell during set breaks, etc. But we had been so distracted and lazy that selling them seemed like too much of an effort. We had bags full of them.
Setbreak had us getting more and more excited, and I remember one guy coming to talk to one of his friends next to us with a big grin. He mentioned something about the "Jim" and I caught his eyes and he caught mine and we both made that rewarding yeah, I know look. I took out a Blow Pop and threw it to him. He caught it, smiled, and proceeded to consume it. And of course, people saw this happen. And before I knew it I was seeing people stretching out their arms wanting a Blow Pop. And why not? My friend and I proceeded to get rid of all our Blow Pops in a matter of minutes, simply by standing in place and tossing them to those who yelled for one.
By the time we were done, everything nearby was kind of quiet, and we were surrounded by people sucking on the Blow Pops we had provided. It was like that scene from The Simpsons with Maggie and the pacifiers at the daycare. And it was pretty cool.
At any rate, Phish came out shortly thereafter and played "Icculus".
Score: 9
montaigne , attached to 1999-07-17 Permalink
I was fourth row center, packed in like a sardine with two buddies amongst the heat exhausted, sweaty crowd. Please hold, I need a bong hit before I finish this review....Much better. OK, where was I? Oh yeah, trying to rehash old memories in the vain and useless hopes of recapturing former glories.
As the show was about to begin, I saw Trey silently mouth the following words: An asteroid crashed and nothing burned.
I turned to my friends and yelled TUBE!
3 seconds later, they jammed a funky ass Tube up our sweaty little asses!

Overall, this show is super underrated and should get more recognition me thinks. The blues jams to open the 2nd set are wonderful. The Disease that follows is CRAZY high energy and intense.

To close set two:
Wolfman's>>Sneakin>>Timber Ho!, YEM

Enough said.
Score: 5
n00b100 , attached to 1999-07-17 Permalink
n00b100 Ah, Oswego, the festival that time forgot. I have a much stronger relationship with Fall '99 than with Summer '99, so I'll be interested to see how this stacks up not just as a major event, but also as an example of what Phish were up to then.

Set 1 gets off to a pretty ordinary start, nothing rising out of their melodic boundaries but still played excitingly; however, a three-song sequence gives this first set some added oomph. The band start up Tweezer, which enters its usual late-90s smooth groove space, rather akin to the 9/18/99 version I love so much. It's not quite as good, to my ears (then again, you may disagree), but the jam has a fine moment when, out of the digital looping Trey's guitar playing gets spiky and the band goes into a much-welcome Have Mercy. That song books along before going into its own swirling guitar/piano climax, which makes a natural segue into Taste, a version that also stays within its Taste box but still manages a decent peak. Not a bad first set, all told.

Set 2 starts with a very cool guest spot, as Son Seals comes in to drop some stinging blues riffs on the crowd and offer his vocals to Funky Bitch and On My Knees. A quick blues jam as Son Seals exits gives way to DWD. And the DWD is a huge jam, furious and messy and even melodic somewhere towards the end (before a return to the main theme). There are better DWDs in 1999, but this is a very good version nonetheless. Then comes a (sadly) short Wolfman's, which chugs along amiably enough before a warm, easy segue into a (also sadly short, relatively) Sneakin' Sally, which also chugs along amiably enough before hitting a big rock climax and giving way to Timber. I love Timber wholeheartedly, and this version is pretty swanky, getting dark like a good Stash at times. I'd actually call this Timber my favorite part of the set. I've heard better YEMs; Coil and Tweeprise make a fine end to the show.

On to Night 2!
Score: 0
HighNote , attached to 1999-07-17 Permalink
HighNote Check out this excellent recording of this show that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to today.

Roggae and Tweezer --> Zero is a real treat

Wolfman's --> Sally is a favorite from Summer '99

Def. worth a listen, or two!
Score: 0
DaReba , attached to 1999-07-17 Permalink
so sick. the "Birds" is Bananas ! after PNC i realy didnt think I was going to see an exceptional show. I remember running to get to the front of the stage on the second night of the festival. Still the seci=ond night sucked. Trey as obviously spent on the second night of Oswego. But like I said I was surprised He had energy after PNC. Those were 5/8/77 GD level shows.
But the boys came out on fire this night.
Birds was nasty and then to hear a " Have Mercy " fter jammin to 5/8/93 on the way up there was ...... was....
Funky Bitch, DWD, Timber Ho, YEM , ..... wtf
they went beserk as did the fans a classic run. The next night you could tell at the end if the firs set when trye stumbled off the stage , it wasn't the same.
this was classic
Score: 0

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